Books and Writing



These are the interviews which are used as sources for canon information. Each interview is listed chronologically, with the abbreviation used in the Lexicon:


25 July 1998: “Harry Potter Charms a Nation.” Electronic Telegraph (ET)


early spring 1999: (AmazonUK)

29 January 1999: The Independent, “The spotty schoolboy and single mother taking the mantle from Roald Dahl” (Ind1)

19 March 1999: Interview with Barnes and (BN0)

8 September 1999: Interview with Barnes and (BN1)

12 October 1999: The Connection radio show (Con)

16 October 1999: The Star-Ledger, “Harry Potter’s creator meets her public: Author J .K. Rowling answers questions from students at a school in Montclair” (SLG)

20 October 1999: Washington Post, “Charmed, I’m Sure.” (WP1)

20 October 1999: Q&A at the National Press Club (NPC)

20 October 1999: Diane Rehm Show (DRS)

30 October 1999: The San Francisco Chronicle, “Harry Potter’s Wizard / Creator of children’s book series tours Bay Area” (SFC)


3 February 2000: (Sch1)

8 July 2000: “Launch Day interview aboard the Hogwarts Express,” with Stephen Fry, Bloomsbury Press (HEB)

8 July 2000: Southwest News (SN)

8 July 2000: “J.K. Rowling Talks About Book Four” Newsround (Nr)

16 October 2000: (Sch2)

19 October 2000: AOL (AOL)

20 October 2000: Barnes & (BN)

23 October 2000: Rogers, Shelagh. “INTERVIEW: J .K. Rowling,” Canadian Broadcasting Co. (CBC)

5 November 2000: Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4 (DID)


March 2001: Raincoast Books (RC)

12 March 2001: Comic Relief website (CR)

12 March 2001: Blue Peter TV show (BP)

20 March 2001: Houston Chronicle “J.K. Rowling has the future mapped out for Harry Potter” (HC)

27 April 2001: BBC Newsround (Nr2)

October 2001: Conversations with J.K. Rowling by Lindsey Fraser (Conv)

28 December 2001: “J .K. Rowling–Harry Potter and Me,”, BBC1 (HPM)


November 2002: “Harry Potter – Harry and me,” The Scotsman interview (Scot)


26 June 2003: interview conducted by Stephen Fry at the Royal Albert Hall (RAH)


4 March 2004: World Book Day online chat (WBD)

15 August 2004: Edinburgh Book Festival (EBF)

23 November 2004: PA/dvd “Extra” (PA/dvd)


16 July 2005: Edinburgh “cub reporter” press conference, ITV (ITV)

16 July 2005: The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling (TLC)

10 December 2005: conversation with Stephen Fry on BBC Radio 4 (R4)


20 July 2007: post-DH chat with kids on the Blue Peter show (BP2)

26 July 2007: first part of the post-DH interview on the Today Show (NBC) (Today1)

27 July 2007: second part of the post-DH interview on the Today Show (NBC) (Today2)

30 July 2007: live online chat with on Bloomsbury’s website (BLC)

17 October 2007: ‘Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Opens Up About Books’ Christian Imagery’ (MTV)

18 October 2007: New Orleans students give Rowling a rousing welcome (NO)

19 October 2007: OBT/CH ‘Open Book Tour: Carnegie Hall’ (OBT/CH)

19 October 2007: Pottercast 122 (PC122)

19 December 2007: Time Magazine 10 Questions About Harry (10Q)

23 October 2007: Open Book Tour: Toronto (OBT/T)

17 December 2007: Rowling’s first interview on the Pottercast podcast (PC-JKR1)

24 December 2007: Rowling’s second interview on the Pottercast podcast (PC-JKR2)

30 December 2007: ‘J.K. Rowling, A Year in the Life’ ITV1 (YL)


14-16 April 2008: transcript of the trial of JKR/WB vs RDR Books in the Southern District of New York (SDNY)

Additional interviews of note:

28 May 2004: CBBC interview with Alfonso Cuaron (CBBC:AC)

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